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Why Lamanok Caves is special ?
Lamanok Caves is a destination located on Lomanok Island, where is dubbed as Bohol’s “cradle of civilization”. The place is consider as an island rich in beauty and heritage. People in Lamanoc Island still believe in making offerings to spirits, “diwata” or deities. To them, making offerings to appease the nature spirits will lead to a bountiful harvest or good catch. This practice is rooted from their ancestral beliefs long before the Spaniards had converted the islanders to Catholicism. You will also be treated to a view of the caverns. Inside the cave, you will find several boat coffins (“lungon”) and broken jars made out of clay. Aside from that, you will also find rock shelters containing prehistoric graffiti.
What to explore at Lamanok Caves?
Some of the caves here served as a burial place, so inside you can find the remains of several wooden lungon or boat coffins, so called because they have been from a dug-out log, similar to the way boats where made, and old earthenware jars. Unfortunately these jars were broken by misguided treasure hunters, believing them to contain gold—all they got was human bones, and they desecrated a human grave and destroyed cultural heritage while doing so.
Inside a rock shelter, you can see some prehistoric graffiti. People used hematite (red iron oxide) pigments, found in the hills of barangay Katipunan, to paint on the walls with their fingers. A folk story has it that this paint was the blood of pirates killed by angels. Nature also has worked its art here. Inside the caves you'll see some interesting formations of stalactites and stalagmites, including an entire row of small stalactites that give the impression of shark-teeth.
How to get to Lamanok Caves?
Located 100km from Tagbilaran City, Anda is two to three hours away by bus or van. Tricycles can take you to the jumping off point to Lamanoc Island at Badiang, roughly five kilometers from the town center. For convenient, it may be more practical to rent a car with driver from the city, especially if you're travelling in a group. Allot two to three hours for the island tour.
- A Visit to Remember
- Great trip to a beautiful island
- Great scenery and interesting insight
- Really beautiful mangroves and coastline
- A beautiful brush with the Lamanok caves
Lamanok Island Badiang,Anda,Bohol,Philippin
Tips for you
This trip started out very well, amazing wooden bridge through the mangroves, local guides paddling us to the caves in small canoes, very scenic hut in the water ensuring you remembered you were visiting a foreign country. The initial walk to the caves was great, beautiful trees and views from the cliffs. It was also initially interesting to hear the local history of the burial caves and the rituals associated with them. However it went on, and on and on. Slightly death by history! By the time the guide had finished with us we were exhausted by having to stand still so long and the tide had receded which means we had to walk through the shallows back to the bridge. Being divers and interested in all sea creatures, this would have been fine except someone spotted a cone shell and we realised that some of us had thongs (flip flops, jandals) on! If one of us had trodden on somethind stingy it would have been disasterous. Luckily we all made it back safely! I recommend you do the trip but hurry the guy through his stories and take solid shoes or dive boots with you just in case you miss the tide. You would also need a reasonable level of fitness as the walk back was leg-tiring and took at least 20 minutes through, at times knee-deep water. On the flip-side, do check out the amazing variety of marble star fish.